09/18/14 6:07pm

This Throwback Thursday, we’re taking a look at one one the largest historic homes in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia – the Lord Fairfax House. This house was the winter residence of Thomas Fairfax, 9th Lord Fairfax of Cameron and his son up until about 1875.

For a look at what the house looks like today, Alex from Old Town Home got a peek inside when it was recently up for sale a few years ago.

09/18/14 4:39pm

APD badgeThe Alexandria Police Department has thoroughly investigated the reports of a subject brandishing a weapon toward school children at Maury Elementary School on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

It has been determined that the reports were false.

Given the number of weapons violations that occur at schools across the nation, the Police Department takes reports of this nature seriously and responds accordingly. The Alexandria Police Department, along with Alexandria City Public Schools, immediately responded to this incident and both agencies are pleased with the quick resolution to a potentially dangerous situation.

Dr. Alvin Crawley, Superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), sent this letter home to parents today.

ACPS Letter to Parents RE: Weapons Brandishing

09/18/14 3:56pm

Your extraordinary home for sale in Historic Old Town Alexandria on South Fairfax Street

This 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath townhouse for rent is located at 220 North Fairfax Street in the historic Old Town area of Alexandria, Virginia. Check out the kitchen (more photos at the link below…).

Via the listing

This charming late 19th century brick end townhouse has been thoughtfully brought into the 21st century w/renovated baths, up-to-date kitchen w/heated floor & gleaming wood floors throughout. Gracious formal rooms invite entertaining while the generous garden lures one to enjoy the outdoors. Within historic OT near parks & shopping, it includes off-street parking! Pets 25 lbs or less w/deposit.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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09/18/14 2:59pm

The 17 states includes Virginia. Here are five (5) things to know about Enterovirus D68.


Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health.

And “in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection,” the CDC said in a statement Wednesday.

“Several states are investigating clusters of people with severe respiratory illness, and specimens are still being tested for EV-D68. It can take a while to test specimens and obtain lab results… These increases will not necessarily reflect changes in real time, or mean that the situation is getting worse.”

Canadian health officials have confirmed three cases of Enterovirus D68 in British Columbia. A fourth suspected case from a patient with severe respiratory illness is still under investigation.

Two of the confirmed cases are children between 5 and 9, said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, lead epidemiologist on emerging respiratory viruses at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. The third is a teen between 15 and 19.

Read more at this link.

09/18/14 1:28pm
Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia by smilla4, on Flickr

We all know how expensive it is to live in our area but, millennials seem to be okay with that according to this recent study from RealtyTrac which shows the millennials are moving to places with more opportunity like Alexandria, Virginia and Arlington.

The millennial generation is generally moving from lower-priced to higher-priced markets for both buying and renting, with the tradeoff being more jobs (lower unemployment) and higher median incomes in the markets they are moving to. The top two counties for percentage increase in millennials between 2007 and 2013 were in the DC metro area — Arlington County, Va., which saw an increase of millennials of 82 percent and Alexandria City, Va., which saw and increase of 81 percent. Not surprisingly both counties have a favorable unemployment rate of 3.2 percent and 3.6 percent respectively, well below the national average.

Read more at this link. Here is the chart on this study.

09/18/14 12:30pm

In addition to the Scavenger Hunt going on NOW in the Old Town Boutique District, find what you think is the best treasure in each store and take a photo and post it to Instagram—and you could win additional prizes from local Alexandria, Virginia merchants!

You can get details about this Instagram contest at this link.

09/18/14 9:51am

Alexandria Public Schools (ACPS) students from Mount Vernon Community School, Jefferson-Houston School, and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy gathered in City Council Chambers this week to witness Mayor William D. “Bill” Euille sign a proclamation recognizing Constitution Week in Alexandria, Virginia.